Foolish Mom

Foolish Mom (2012)

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Kim Yeong Ju is the brilliant editor of fashion magazine ESTILLO, but her personal life is not as cheerful as people think. Her husband, law professor Park Jeong Do, cheats on her with another woman, so Yeong Ju lives only for her daughter Park Dat Byeol. All this while hiding a terrible secret from her family and co-workers, although her siblings are aware of it.

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    Babo Eomma; Dummy Mommy; Dumb Mom

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Aug 13, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Wow so a family drama with not so popular actors and a dull sounding synopsis, its not a wonder why this drama isn’t on anyone’s radar…

Story: First, everything about the drama after the first sentence of the synopsis is misleading. In fact it just gives a summary of the main female characters background (everything that happens to her before the time that the drama takes place). Everything that happened during the read more dramas run was so unpredictable, which I never expect from family themes dramas. I don’t want to give anything away but be prepared for a ton of drama. What I liked most about it though was the fact that the writers balanced the funny scenes with the emotional stuff really well. I laughed a lot in the beginning but by the last few episodes towards the end it gets pretty heavy making me shed many tears. I just wanted to add that there is romance in this but its very subtle and not the focal point of the story. The ending is sad, happy, and hopeful all in one if that makes sense.

Actors/Cast: This was an ensemble cast where all the characters get a chance to shine even if they only had small roles. When it comes to the 2 female leads, I had never seen anything they had acted in before but wow you can tell they are veterans. They gave powerful performances. Anyone who has ever heard of Shin Hyun Joon (Stairway to Heaven, Cain and Abel, Bridal Mask) will know what an amazing (and underrated in my opinion) actor he is but wow his character in this was so unexpectedly different than any of his characters. As for the supporting cast, they made their characters memorable and the villains did a tremendous job of me hating them but also feeling pity for them by the end.

Music: They did a pretty good job with matching the changing tone of the show.

Rewatch: I will rewatch this one day sometime soon but not right away cause this drama is pretty heavy.

Overall Dummy Mommy is an unexpected but heartwarming and enjoyable must watch family drama.
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Aug 22, 2012
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
This drama was a painful experience for me, and I'm not even talking about the most unwanted use of makjang elements strewn into it.

It's like the pain of being strapped down and then forced to watch. I might be overly dramatic with my metaphor, but in fact I have found myself with eyes closed during some episodes when I've reached the limit of my forbearance.

On a primary level, both writing read more and directing failed me. So what's with the writing? Well, for one, the interjection of comedy at most inappropriate times and I said it first hand, the most unwanted use of makjang elements. The side stories... well, undoubtedly they can be ignored. I'm sure the most nitpicky ones will be able to tell the evident flaws in the writing. My frustration actually got magnified; I can't believe the directing also augmented the writing. Can you imagine when a character is acting out a scene, anyone who are not focused on the camera's frame remain all stationary or poker faces, you know... like they're part of the background. People only move after the character(s) has finished reciting the lines. Extremely annoying.

The basic storyline is heartfelt in itself and had the potential of being a truly moving generational saga if only it was given better handling. Why I couldn't drop this and why I had to endure (refer to my metaphor) was exactly because of this storyline. Plus I had been wanting to watch this drama from the get-go so I couldn't fully make myself believe that I'm watching such a bad drama.

If this drama had any saving grace, I think it would have to be the acting from Ha Hee Ra, Ahn Seo Hyun, and Kim Hyun Joo. Though I must say, even Kim Hyun Joo sometimes suffered from the writing in a way that I feel cringy watching her character. I reckon Kim Jeong Hoon was under-utilized while Shin Hyun Joon is effective in dramatic moments he should forget attempts of comedy in the future.

Lastly, if you decide to carry on, be forewarned that this drama will demand at least a boxful of tissue.
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    noneknows Feb 25, 2017

    so many annoying characters and scenes :3

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    cupcake8996 Oct 5, 2014 - edited

    Can anybody show me the link to watch this drama online?

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    Rascal Apr 24, 2014

    Great drama! I have no idea why I dropped it :'(

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    ELFfreak Jan 5, 2014

    Btw, the synopsis is a big spoiler.

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    medzyify Sep 14, 2013

    i didn't expect this is so good drama;I love it...

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    TheTranquilKnight Sep 11, 2013

    This is very touching! Love it!

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    mesuzuITA Feb 8, 2013

    OMG what did I just watch...
    This is an amazing story with a perfect cast. Why don't people watch this?

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    ELFfreak Dec 5, 2012

    The most underrated drama ever.
    People need to watch this.

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    Saintrat Oct 3, 2012

    Goodnessss... I did watch it.. But till the end I was surprised Dat Bjol did not develop some strange desease as well.. Oversweetened snot..

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    balmy_summer Sep 23, 2012

    This drama has all in it: it?s sad, funny, dramatic, emotional, full of love, hope and so on. I never hated so much characters like in Foolish Mom, but at the end I couldn?t hate them anymore. I?ve been feeling a mix of up-and-down emotions during this drama. It's melodrama and comedy in one - something you can't often find in this extent.

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    ELFfreak Jul 10, 2012

    This is the most tragic family ever! But still it is full of Love! <3
    I love this drama <3

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    ELFfreak May 29, 2012

    I want more sub plz :( This drama is soo good.

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    ELFfreak May 21, 2012

    I need more sub, all 20 episodes are out. But it's only subbed to ep 13!! Gah it's so good! :)

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    KdramaQueen89 Apr 4, 2012

    Interesting characters and its funny. Give it a try=) BTW Shin Hyun Joon's character is genius!

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    ELFfreak Apr 1, 2012

    AISH srsly I don't have hate so much characters in my whole life.
    This drama is good, but it's driving me crazy as hell.
    I hate them all...spec the kid and the father! OMG.
    The only funny is Go Man (HyunJoon) he's hilarious and auntie!
    I sit here and still screaming at the computer. How can I now sleep? GAH


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    South Korea
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    Mar 17, 2012 to May 20, 2012
  • Aired On:

    Saturday, Sunday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    7.5 (scored by 176 users)
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